Hammer 18, 1484 DR
Luskan, North & South Bank
The wizard’s magic owl, Splinter, flies above the pine trees watching for enemies. Beneath him, his master’s company reach the end of the forest. From the hill they can see the walls of Luskan. They gaze upon the City Of Sails for a moment, as it comes to life in the morning sun and then Jimmy Bear, turns to the other survivors.
“This path leads to the North Gate. The Taerls occupy that region, so until I find out who’s my friend or foe, I’ll enter the city from a less formal entrance. Through the woods, towards the Open Shore, there is an opening in the walls. Cliffside Cranny it is called. It is guarded, ya, but hell I know me way around my City. With a little luck we’ll go unnoticed. Anyone care to join me, mates?”, announces the sailor.
“There are gates in the cities so people, can enter from. We are not thugs and we will not act like ones.”, replies the knight and heads towards the North Gate.
In a confusing moment as Richorn and Jimmy, take different paths, Harry, with Oloward Fletcher and the ladies follow the knight and Thornalf stays with Mr. Bear, while no one notices the halfling, hidden in the bushes, sneaking behind the sailor and the dwarf, towards the crack in the walls.
The North Gate guards, seem more like mercenaries than city watchmen. They bare the Taerl symbol, a Blooded Iron Gate, on their leather armors and they only care about collecting the toll. The hunchback tax collector, though, chats a little with Harry, exchanging information for coins. Harry, overwhelmed, enters the big city. Oloward Fletcher, the merchant, heads for Mirabar District to mingle with the dwarf merchants and Harry helps Richorn to gather information about the fate of the Waterdavian Guards. Apparently, a while ago they were all infected by the Plague, the inn they were staying was burned down and they were sent to the Fang Island, where all the plague victims end up. The severe wound on the paladins face, compels him to visit a local healer, thus Harry is left in the service of the two lovely ladies. He accompanies Damara, to the Clearlight, a temple dedicated to Tymora, only to find that a group called Coinspinners, fortified the building and made it their base of operations. One of them, Mike The Coin, who seems quite friendly to Harry, suggests they visit the slums where the few followers of Lady Luck, reside. There, the priestess joins the community of the not so fortunate residents of the city, offering her help. Finally, the wizard and the exotic dancer, arrives in the One Eyed Jax inn, where Harry quickly rents a room for the evening and falls asleep on the silk sheets, alone, rejecting the “special offer”, of the house.
Olo Quickskin, secretly follows his two companions to the ruined walls, in the west side of the city, until he loses them behind the huge chunks of stone. The halfling passes through the breach and hides in the street by the change of the watch. Then he puts on his innocent and naïve face and runs toward the guards, yelling,
“Oh, mister can you please, point me to the butcher?! I need to buy some food for my grandpa, he’s very sick and I’m all he’s got!”
“So you’re all alone and your paps is the only one whose waiting for ya? Hmm, give me your money boy, and I’ll bring you something for your old man!”, says the guard, with a smirk trying to grab the halfling from his belt.
Olo, rolls over and run away into the alley. The guard chases him cursing, until he corners the little one and draws his sword, threatening to kill him if he doesn’t handle his coins. Olo, draws a dagger from his sleeve and pierce through his knee. Then, he tumbles on the crates, positioning himself behind his enemy and backstab him until he drops dead. He looks at the dying man, plotting a way to get away with this unfortunate event. He takes a rug with the guard’s blood and paints on the wall the Rethnors symbol, followed by the word “RETURN”. He heads to the Red Dragon Post of the Mirabar District and overhear two members of the Barams, bargain a big weapon deal with the blacksmith, Malik Hammersmash. The halfling invites himself into the conversation, introducing himself as Pilo Ironheart and learns from the big guy, called Big Larry, that an accountable force of his gang, will leave in a few days for the northern villages where a few barbarians recently settled. Olo offers, a better deal if they buy from one of his own collaborators. The big guy seems to be persuaded and accepts, rather roughly though,
“Ya better come with the stuff at our headquarters in Red Dragon Post, by noon tomorrow, or they will find you with an iron in your heart . . . Pilo Ironheart! "